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COVID-19

If you have symptoms of Coronavirus or if you have a cough, cold or fever do not come to the Surgery, please phone 111.   

For the latest and up to date guidance from Public Health England.  Go to the www.gov.uk website and search Public Health England.

If you have travelled from any affected area identified by the Chief Medical Officer as high risk and are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever or if you have been in contact with someone confirmed as having Coronavirus in the last two weeks, you may be at risk of Coronavirus.  Please do NOT leave the house. Phone 111.

If you suspect you may be a contact of Coronavirus you must self isolate for 2 weeks.

Appointments

PLEASE DO NOT:

  • Contact Charlbury Surgery by e-mail & attempt to request an appointment this way or attempt to open lines of communication with a doctor in this way. This most definitely is an incorrect approach and your request will be ignored. Our reception team are on hand to receive your telephone calls and can not be expected to monitor two lines of communication at the same time. The same is true for the doctors.
  • Try to contact any of the doctors directly by their personal NHS e-mail as they do not have time to monitor their e-mails whilst at work and do not expect to be contacted by patients in this way. E-mails may not be checked for a couple of weeks if a person is on annual leave. Information being sent outside the normal channels is dangerous and may lead to causing you harm. We have had one or two incidents of patients doing this and wondering why their medical problem was overlooked. 

Mobile Phone Numbers

Please ensure we have your mobile phone number as we are using the mobile text service more and more. It is important that your contact details are current for your medical record so we can contact you.

Home blood pressure monitoring

Please use the form provided on this website which can be accessed by clinking on the Services tab above & then Nursing Team Clinics. 

NHS Flu Vaccination

  • Influenza is an acute respiratory illness caused by RNA virus. There are three types:
    • Influenza A is the commonest and most virulent. It is responsible for local outbreaks, larger epidemics and pandemics.
    • Influenza B often co-circulates with influenza A during the yearly outbreaks. Generally, B causes less severe illness, although it can still be responsible for outbreaks. 
    • Influenza C usually causes a mild or asymptomatic infection similar to the common cold.
  • Influenza usually occurs in the UK during the winter months, typically between December and March. 
  • Most complications of flu in adults are respiratory and include:
    • Acute bronchitis.
    • Pneumonia.
    • Exacerbations of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
    • Otitis media (a middle ear infection).
    • Sinusitis.
  • Influenza presents with symptoms appearing around 2 days after exposure.
    • Uncomplicated influenza signs and symptoms include: sudden onset high temperature, widespread muscle aches and pains, feeling poorly, nasal discharge, cough, gut symptoms, headache, eye symptoms, and sore throat. 
    • Complicated influenza is defined by signs and symptoms that: require hospital admission, involve the lower respiratory tract, central nervous system, or cause significant exacerbation of an underlying medical condition.
    • People considered to be in an 'at risk' group include:
      • Those with chronic respiratory, heart, kidney, liver, or neurological disease; diabetes mellitus; or those who are obese or immunosuppressed.
      • Those over the age of 65 years.
      • Women who are pregnant (or women up to two weeks post delivery).
      • Children aged under 6 months.
  • People with flu should drink adequate fluids, take paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve symptoms, rest, and stay off work or school until the worst symptoms have resolved (usually about 1 week).

Eligibility

In 2020/21 groups eligible for the NHS funded flu vaccination programme are the same as last year, although this may change if the programme is expanded due to COVID-19 and include:

  • all children aged two to ten (but not eleven years or older) on 31 August 2020

  • those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups (see above)

  • pregnant women

  • those aged 65 years and over

  • those in long-stay residential care homes

  • carers

  • close contacts of immunocompromised individuals

  • health and social care staff employed by a registered residential

    care/nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, or a voluntary managed hospice provider.

    We expect universal vaccination of health and care workers and further guidance will be published in due course.

    Prioritising flu vaccine uptake

    Flu vaccination is one of the most effective interventions we have to reduce pressure on the health and social care system this winter. We are currently seeing the impact of COVID-19 on the NHS and social care, and this coming winter we may be faced with co-circulation of COVID-19 and flu. We understand that planning this year is more challenging with the uncertainties of staff absences, and how long policies around social distancing and school closures will remain in place. However, it is more important than ever to make every effort to deliver flu vaccination.

    Those most at risk from flu are also most vulnerable to COVID-19. We will do all we can to help protect them this winter. We anticipate that concerns about COVID-19 may increase demand for flu vaccination in all groups this year, and some in at risk groups may have concerns about maintaining social distancing when being given the vaccine.

All those eligible will be given flu vaccination as soon as possible so that individuals are protected when flu begins to circulate. We will aim to schedule our immunisation services to match vaccine supply, usually from September, and complete vaccination by the end of November, where possible.

For more information on the flu vaccination visit:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

Appointment Reminder by text

From Tuesday 9th July patients will receive a text message appointment reminder along with any other information we feel may be helpful. Please would all patients registered with us ensure we have your correct mobile number listed on your medical record.

Surgery closed daily between 1 and 2pm

This is to deal with paper work, staff training and for meetings.

If you have an emergency during this time call the surgery on 01608 811680 and press the emergency option 1.

On-Line Service and On-line Appointment Booking

Have you registered yet? Once registered you will be able to do the following on-line:

  • book or cancel an appointment
  • order repeat prescriptions
  • view blood results
  • change your address and other contact details.

For more information on how to do this click on the Online Services tab at the top of the page.

OCCG Patient Participation Groups (PPG)

If you're interested in having your say about the way local health services are delivered, getting involved with Charlbury Patient Participation Group (CPPG) is a good place to start. The group is usually made of volunteer patients from the practice who have regular meetings (currently obeying social distancing guidelines)

Issues are discussed such as services on offer and how improvements may be made for benefit of both patients and practice staff. Not only can joining or starting a group help to shape the delivery of local services, many members also find that volunteering is a great way to meet new people and develop your own skills. A positive and diplomatic approach is welcomed. To find out more click on the Have Your Say icon in the top right hand corner. 

CPPG Newsletter

To read the latest issue of the CPPG Newsletter click on the either the Patient Participation Group heading at the bottom of the page or Have your say links above (centre right)

Stop Smoking Services 

For help and advise on stopping smoking click the link below.

Smoke Free Life

 

 

 

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